The president was in the White House’s East Room for a meeting of his Competition Council, which is tasked with modifying regulations and enforcing laws to assist consumers in coping with high costs. Following Biden’s speech, reporters in the room yelled a number of questions.
Biden was asked about inflation by Fox News’ Peter Doocy, which is nearing a 40 year high and has harmed the president’s public approval. Biden has been roundly chastised by Doocy’s network.
“Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?” Doocy inquired.
Biden responded with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset more inflation.” Then he shook his head and added, “What a stupid son of a bitch.”
The president’s comments were captured on video and by the microphone in front of him. Doocy laughed it off in a subsequent appearance on his network, joking, “Nobody has fact checked him yet and said it’s not true.”
The White House did not immediately responded to a request for comment.
The White House has insisted repeatedly that it is focused on curbing inflation, with Biden reorienting his entire economic agenda around the issue. But the president has also shown a willingness to challenge a media that he deems to be too critical, especially Fox News and Doocy.
At his news conference last week, Biden said to Doocy with sarcasm, “You always ask me the nicest questions.”
“I have a whole binder full,” the reporter answered.
“I know you do,” Biden said. “None of them make a lot of sense to me. Fire away.”